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Monday, June 6 • 14:00 - 15:30
Parallel Session 1C (Changing roles for libraries in scholarly communications and assessment) Assessment as Learning Project: Online Surveys with Immediate Formative Feedback

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This paper proposes a practical assessment model that focuses on students’ performance-related variables, for which information literacy (IL) is designed and delivered. High satisfaction rates about library instruction do not always correlate with user’s performance level on evaluating information online and sourcing quality information; the findings from the case study at Cape Breton University (CBU), Nova Scotia, Canada, provides a potential solution to the current challenge in the assessment process.

The author launched a research project called Assessment as Learning Project: Online Surveys with Immediate Formative Feedback at CBU by designing and developing two online surveys for students who are taking courses in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. A 30-minute pre-survey (FluidSurveys & Moodle) includes seventeen exercise questions and consists of eighty-eight pieces of feedback in total. Fifteen questions are new, with the exception of two questions adapted from The Effectiveness of a University's Single-session Information Literacy Instruction (Hsieh & Holden, 2010). The pre-survey allows students to gauge their ability to assess credibility, accuracy, authority, and/or currency. Students can also learn how to develop their IL skills by reading the feedback that pops up immediately after students choose their answer. The pre-survey was delivered before a major assignment during the Winter semester. A 20-minute post-survey, including seven new exercise questions, was delivered at the end of the semester. The post-survey was designed to remind students of what they learned from the pre-survey.

Many exercise questions include a quotation from a source. The sources vary and include comments on a historical figure, biography that includes historical accounts on non-Western cultures, data that pertains to emotionally disturbing experiences, and news articles that can commonly be shared through social media (e.g., http://yumetsub.site11.com/quiz_sample.html). This paper includes an analysis on the data from the surveys, for example, students’ progress on their IL skills.

The results from the surveys indicate three potential benefits. First, given a reflective learning opportunity, students can recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their information literacy skills and learn how to improve their skills. Second, students can learn what kind of questions they can ask librarians because feedback indicates what kind of questions librarians can answer. Third, instructors/faculty can save the time to repeatedly teach students not to use certain types of sources in their assignments since the surveys explain and bring awareness to this for the students.

Practical implications/Value
If students are overconfident in their abilities to search, find and evaluate information, they risk underestimating the challenge of finding and using quality information online; thus helping them foster critical self-reflection is one way to mitigate the problem. An example is demonstrated by the assessment surveys that include various types of sources and provide guidance of how to consult a person, tool, or platform as a source of information. The assessment was tested in various disciplines in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. The results indicate a number of potentials to use and develop the surveys: for example, they can be incorporated into a curriculum assignment.

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Yayo Umetsubo

Yayo Umetsubo, BA (Hons), MA, MLIS, is the liaison librarian for Arts and Social Sciences, Education, and Unama'ki College at Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia. Prior to joining CBU, she was the liaison librarian for the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta... Read More →

Monday June 6, 2016 14:00 - 15:30
CHEB - C140 5793 University Ave

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